Walk Diary Wednesday 14 November 2018. Weather. 14°C. good.
Whatstandwell Station Depart 10 a.m. 7 ½ miles Leader: Gerry White.
No. on walk 25
The station car park was full to overflowing today, some having to double park against our own member’s cars, mainly because another group from Sheffield had decided to use this as their start venue as well, how dare they! Another great turnout for us, on what turned out to be a return to autumn, mild weather, still plenty of leaves on the trees and many on the ground as you will see from some of the pictures below. A great walk, with good views and probably one we have done before only this time in reverse.
We set off to cross over the busy Whatstandwell bridge and proceed uphill for the next mile, taking the path to the north of Hankin Farm, following the same line all the way to Alderwasley. There followed a lovely walk through Kennel Wood, noting that some clearing had been done and many new plantings, for future generations to enjoy. I’m not quite sure, but I have a feeling I read somewhere that the Woodlands Trust may have had a hand in this. Just before the end of the woodland path, we crossed over Pendleton Brook, walking the path to Little Hayes Farm where we took our first break.
We then joined the road at Willets Farm, heading north for a short way, then first left and after joining the next road we took the path towards Knob Farm, firstly across a recently ploughed field, hoping that the path will soon be reinstated, although we did leave a good track behind us. We left Knob Farm, with the statue of the little boy on the roof, still holding his flag! To carry on the same line north to cross over the stepping stones in Mere Brook and on to Mill Wood.
A short step to the right and we joined the Midshires Way, going through Flat Wood, again much forestry work carried out here, more new plantings and this time a notice saying that students from Leeds University had and are doing the restoration work.
At Birchwood Farm we took the path, to descend and cross over the busy A6 and down to the canal side at High Peak Junction. Lunch was taken here, a very civilised affair with plenty of picnic tables to go around and toilet facilities as well.
After a splendid half and hour, we crossed over the canal and followed the Derwent Valley Heritage Way all the way back to Whatstandwell where more than half of us ended up at the prestigious Family Tree Café, for our end of walk cuppa, in the outdoor seating area, a great end to a great walk. Thanks Gerry.